Trying to look smart in the workplace when pregnant isn’t easy. I would suggest it’s even harder if you’re based in the UAE like me. I tend to order my maternity clothes online as there really isn’t much choice here!
Here are my suggestions for looking and staying smart at work:
If there is one dress that I think is an absolute MUST buy for work, it’s Babes with Babies Avalicious. It’s not cheap at £95.00, but I’ve worn them throughout both pregnancies now. They come in four colours and are just perfect to slip a jacket, kimono or cardigan over.
I’m 5 foot 8 and (before pregnancy) a size 10. I found the large fitted best. I event wore these after pregnancy for a while as they’re still flattering.
I also really recommend this simple dress below from ASOS. I wear it with a colourful belt above the bump. It does come up a bit big so definitely order the size you were before being pregnant.
– ASOS, £25.00
Wrap dresses – These are a bit of a no brainer for work too. I got a plain black wrap (again from Babes with Babies) in 2012 for pregnancy number one, and still wear it now. It’s called the magic dress… and it really is! It’s £95.00
A lady at my work has the Isabella Oliver version which looks great on her too..
– Isabella Oliver, £95.00
Pencil skirts and dresses are def my favourite pregnancy work wear. They are the most comfortable, and in my opinion look the most professional. The beauty of pencil skirts is that you don’t necessarily have to get maternity ones. Go for elasticated waists rather than fitted with a zip. My favourite non-maternity choices are from Dorothy Perkins. I just went one (or two!) sizes up and sit above the bump:
– Dorothy Perkins, £12.00
Other maternity pencil skirts I have are:
– ASOS, £25.00
– ASOS, £25.00
I also have the below in black and dark navy blue. They are by New Look and can be a dress, skirt or tube. They are super cheap and work great as a pencil skirt.
I don’t think it would last more than one pregnancy and the fabric catches on a lot of things, but as a plain comfortable pencil skirt that goes below the knees it really does the job!
Whatever the pregnancy wardrobe problem – a kimono is the solution! They are flattering, cover lumps and bumps and can dress up a plain vest top, dress or anything! They’re also pretty affordable and can be worn after pregnancy too.
I would suggest getting a longer length one – not one that stops on your waist line – to be more flattering.
– ASOS £38.00
I have found smart tops, shirts and blouses the hardest to come across. The most flattering are ones that gather under the boobs – otherwise you can look quite tent like!
This is a staple one for me that looks smart with a fitted pencil skirt. I add my own belt rather than use the tie as pictured below.
I also have a plain white wrap shirt (New Look) and some chiffon type blouses that look great with a pencil skirt:
– ASOS, £32.00
Like tops, I have struggled to find trousers I am happy and comfortable in. I had a pair from ASOS that were great for my 2nd trimester – but are pretty uncomfortable now. I have also found with trousers that they don’t stay up that well too!
– ASOS, £22.00 – great for the 2nd trimester!
So that’s it for my pregnancy wardrobe solutions and suggestions…. I hope you have found this post helpful!